Park creates new jobs

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SOUTH Yorkshire is set for a jobs boost - thanks to a ‘roaring’ success story.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park has announced plans to take on an extra 60 staff as it gears up to cope with rising visitor numbers.

Some of the staff will be seasonal, for the busiest times of the year, but others are expected to be retained permanently.

It marks the latest landmark in the development of the zoo, which is home to animals including lions and tigers, with a leopard due to be released into an area for public viewing early this year.

The park has seen its visitor numbers increase by 500 per cent in three years.

The jobs due to be recruited for are not only positions looking after animals, but also posts such as education assistant, chefs, gardeners and grounds staff, accounts jobs and other catering posts in the zoo cafe.

The venue, at Branton, will be holding an open morning on Saturday, January 14, before the park opens to visitors, with staff on hand to answer questions on seasonal positions available later this month.

For details of the open morning, from 9am until 11am, email c.pearson@yorkshirewildlifepark.com.

For more details, log onto www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com